'Tis the Season for a Pumpkin Patch!


Nothing says fall more than gathering up the crew and heading out to a pumpkin patch. So, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite pumpkin patches in hopes that perhaps they can become YOUR favorites too!


But before you head out the door, don’t forget the basics: Go early in the day for cooler weather and easier parking and carry cash if you can. Not every pumpkin patch accepts card payment.


First stop … Brentwood.


SMITH FAMILY FARMS

Visit Smith Family Farms, where the experience is more like a Pumpkin Harvest than a pumpkin patch. They have pretty much everything you could ask for in a pumpkin patch experience including farm animals, gardens, live music and even a native American village. But the real highlight is the mile-long hayride out to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are free with admission, with additional pumpkins for sale inside the fruit stand. For everyone’s comfort, please leave Fido at home.


G&S FARMS


G&S Farm’s October Pumpkin Patch is the ideal family activity to enjoy in Brentwood's perfect autumn weather. You’ve got to see the pumpkin-chuckin' cannons to believe them. Or check out the Hocus Pocus movie night. And of course, the pumpkins are plentiful with tons of difference varieties available right off the vine!


SHADELANDS RANCH (WALNUT CREEK)

Looking for a great pumpkin patch experience a little “closer in?” It’s not a huge pumpkin patch but it’s loaded with fun for the whole family. Pumpkins, bounce house and a darling little petting zoo on the gorgeous grounds of the Shadelands Ranch Museum awaits.


JOAN’S PUMPKIN FARM LIVERMORE

Enjoy a unique family experience in the Livermore countryside.

Amenities include a snack shack (may I recommend the pumpkin pie?), hay bale maze, and old west town, farm animals, picnic areas, and the little blue train! Feel free to enjoy a picnic!


With many varieties of pumpkins and other fall items, you are sure to find the perfect gourd and fall décor!


And a true family favorite …


LARRY’S PRODUCE, FAIRFIELD

Larry Balestra is a fourth generation farmer who followed in the footsteps of his great grandfather who originally migrated from Italy and settled in Green Valley where he farmed cherries and peaches.


Choose from tons of produce available year around—and watch Larry’s farm literally come alive in the fall!


Larry’s sets up a beautiful pumpkin patch with many varieties of specialty pumpkins, as well as regular pumpkins, giant pumpkins, and mini pumpkins. Larry’s grows all of the pumpkins and you won’t believe the variety!. Our pumpkin patch also includes many fun family activities which are all FREE! These include a corn "bath", straw pyramid, corn maze, and more. Enjoy hay rides and "cow train" rides on the weekends.


Looking for other activities in the area? I've got plenty to choose from right here!


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